Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, 2015, you can do your part to help feed hungry kids in Tarrant County! Stamp Out Hunger, a national campaign organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), asks residents to donate food by placing nonperishable foods that are in non-breakable containers in or near their mailboxes on May 9. Letter carriers in the Fort Worth/Tarrant County area and across the nation will collect these items.
Food collected in Tarrant and surrounding counties will go to the Tarrant Area Food Bank or other local charities providing emergency groceries and meals.
In Tarrant County, 1 of 4 children is hungry or at risk of hunger. They live in households that don’t always have the resources to provide sufficient nutritious food for the development of healthy minds and bodies. In the 13 counties of the greater Fort Worth region served by the Tarrant Area Food Bank, more than 208,000 children are food insecure. This issues becomes more urgent when the summer months approach; many children who depend on school lunches struggle with hunger and lack of nutrition. Their caretakers will often struggle financially to provide the food for these meals.
It’s easy. Step 1: Collect and bag non-perishable food items. Step 2: Place by mailbox for letter carrier to deliver to local food bank or pantry.
The nonperishable foods most needed to feed hungry children and families are: Canned meats and fish, canned soups and stews, canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxed or canned juice, cereals, peanut butter, boxed pasta, boxed rice and dried beans.
Bo Soderbergh, executive director, Tarrant Area Food Bank said, “The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive makes it easy for the community to make a difference in the lives of our youngest neighbors when they need it the most. All you have to do is simply leave a bag of nonperishable food by your mailbox, and your letter carrier will do the rest.”